Invitations are one of the most important parts of wedding planning, as they provide guests with the essential information needed to attend your special day! Inviting your wedding guests may seem like a simple task, but when you consider timing, RSVPs, and the rest of the invitation suite, it can become overwhelming very quickly! We’re here to share everything you need to know about sending out your wedding invites.
Traditionally, invitations are sent out 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding. This gives guests ample time to clear their schedules and finalize any travel plans. If you’re planning a destination wedding, you’ll want to give your guests even more time and send invitations out about 3 months in advance.
Save the dates are typically sent out much earlier at around 6-8 months before the wedding. This ensures that your guests have your wedding on their mind and won’t book travel and events conflicting with your day. This also gives guests a heads up if they’ll be attending any pre-wedding events in the coming months, like engagement parties and bridal showers.
Hopefully your guests will return their RSVPs as soon as they can, however, setting a due date is critical to ensure that you get a headcount in a timely manner. Your RSVP deadline should be about 2-3 weeks before the wedding. You’ll want to have a finalized guest list in time to solidify your seating chart and give caterers an official number. If guests miss the deadline, consider calling them to give a quick reminder.
In terms of what needs to go on the official invitation, you’ll want to include any and all critical information tied to the wedding day. Smaller details can be covered in other aspects of your invitation suite or on your wedding website. Keep reading to view a list of everything you should include on your wedding invitations:
Although the actual invitation is the most important thing to send to guests, there are a few other items that can be extremely helpful to send out ahead of your wedding!